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Round One, Game Five Hotstove

April 21st, 2017 at 6:31 AM
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Tom Pyatt left Game 4 after a nasty hit on his first shift. Assuming he’s out for Game 5, who should draw in (and who will, if it’s not the same answer)?

Peter: Given that Tommy Wingels played in Game One, I think we’re likely to see him back for Game Five if Pyatt is indeed out (as I suspect he will be). One thing I’d like about seeing Wingels is his physicality; the Bruins‘ blue line is inexperienced and guys like Chara and Liles have been playing a lot, so it’s been a little frustrating to see so many fly-bys where Sens forwards passed up hits. Wingels likely wouldn’t do that, and it could lead to good things for Ottawa.

That said, Dzingel’s speed has been a huge weapon for Ottawa, and he’s had great chances since coming in. Maybe adding Colin White into the lineup would give Ottawa a bit more speed and energy, which are two other assets that have been shown to give Boston’s blueliners fits. There are pros and cons to Wingels and White, but I think Boucher is likely to go with the more experienced player and put Wingels into the lineup.

Trevor: I agree with Peter in that I bet Wingels ultimately draws in due to his experience. However, I’d love to see what White can bring to the table because he has the potential to produce some offense. And don’t forget, he is known as a two-way centre, so it’s not like Ottawa would be bringing in some offensively minded sniper who would be too risky.

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Tags: Bruins, Charlie McAvoy, Chris Kelly, Chris Neil, Colin White, Senators, Tom Pyatt, Tommy Wingels, Zack Smith

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